I am really excited about this post, which is why I dedicated this lovely Saturday morning to 'shoot' and plan it out.
These are the treats I've picked up for myself over the end of the year, some locally and some overseas. Most importantly, they're to prepare me for the onslaught of 2018. And while material goods aren't really supposed to cheer you up, I do believe having some new possessions could be motivational- to keep working, to keep planning, to keep in good time. And gosh, I just love beautiful stationery.
1. Moleskine (top left)
A diary is essential. I'm nothing without my words, and I really enjoyed journalling in the Moleskine before this. It pretty much revolutionized the kind of entries that go into my diaries. Writing became a much more creative and fun process, going from staid blocks of text to a multimedia adventure with scrapbooking bits, freedom in color, and every page a fresh start. I knew this tradition had to continue, so this was a no-brainer.
2. Watch, Venice
Timepiece- another essential that I have studiously ignored since outgrowing kiddy watches in P5. Turns out, I still love movable watch dials, except this one is an automatic heart chain which tells the seconds in place of a second-hand. I have nothing but heart eyes for it.
3. Pouch, Scuola Del Cuoio, Florence
Next up is a handsome forest green pouch. Some of you might know the old one I was using before this was a cheap $5 Rubi one that's missing a zipper and has a tiny hole in it. Nothing against reasonably priced items, but it felt like high time for an upgrade, one that I can use confidently for years. We adored this leather school cum shop because it does free monogramming on the spot, right in front of you. Not just a purchase, but an experience.
4. Black pencil case, Kikki K
In the name of all monogrammed things.. this is the pencil case I have wanted ever since Kikki K's monogramming collection came out. They also have it in the most gorgeous pale pink or blue, and I was sorely tempted, but black wins out in the end. It nearly always does, because it is undeniably classic, and not just for dresses. The best part was I got it in such a sale, it was more than half off the original price!! Ah, the sweet smell of discounts.
5. 2018 Weekly Diary in Sweet, Kikki K
OK, another item I'd been spying on the Kikki K shelves. One of the many. Having their 2016/2017 planner was a really darned good experience. It was very pretty, top of the line, and included things like an address section and a cute, cute sticker book. This one also has perforated list sheets and dedicated pages for movies, books, or websites you want to save for the future. One word: irresistible.
6. Eastpak Casyl backpack, Scout, Florence
I was in the market for a new bag this year end, not because my kanken (generously gifted by Shauna) had any problem with it,I just felt like a change. Kankens seemed to me like a J1 phase; desperately wanting to fit in, look cool, keep up with the trends. It's safe to carry one in school...too safe. There's at least 2 people with the exact same color as mine. I thought: it's time to be different. The search was over when Em spotted this in a hip shop off the streets in Italy.
The bag is not some bold non-conformist statement, but it's a step in another direction for me, a new style. I love its design and that it's a neat canvas for self expression. It's a bag that has my soul invested in it, not only the aspirations of a young naive teen.
7. Adidas Stan Smiths in Wonder Pink
On the topic of trends, this should epitomize it: the height of the Adidas Stan Smith, a millennial hot favourite. My $30 Hotwinds sneaker is fighting a losing battle against wear and tear, so there's no better time to break the bank for the most beautiful and high maintenance shoe of my life. FYI, I have a slight obsession with pink shoes.
gisaeng pin from Shauna, from Korea, says goodbye and until next time, all my love-
L / 18 / SG / undetermined
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